Unit 1: The young Elizabeth: Education, childhood, and adolescent experiences
Unit 2: Elizabeth's accession: Religious settlement, The establishment of Elizabethan government, Burghley
Unit 3: Monarcy and government: Court and Council; Parliament; the Church
Unit 4: The marriage debate: Suitors; Leicester and Anjou; Virginity
Unit 5: The succession question: Candidates; Mary Queen of Scots; James VI of Scotland
Unit 6: Elizabeth's relationship with her nobility: Protestant nobles;1569 rising; the Catholic nobility
Unit 7: Crises of foreign policy: France; the Netherlands and Spain; The Armada
Unit 8: The challenges of the 1590s: Essex and Cecil; Essex rebellion; Ireland
Unit 9: The contemporary image of Elizabeth: Portraiture; Speeches; The 'cult' of Elizabeth
Unit 10: The posthumous myth of Elizabeth: Films; Fiction; Final evaluation: was Elizabeth's rule a success?
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.